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Saving Face applauded at SAPMA

LAHORE: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Saving Face received great applause from the audience during its screening at the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Thursday.

The film has been screened in connection with International Women’s Day, and was attended by people from all spheres of life.

The screening was followed by a discussion on rights and safety of women. Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal, Civil society activist Abdullah Malik, scholar Amaar Massod, journalist Farrah Warraich, Justice (r) Malik Hassan, Tayyaba Bukhari and others were present on the occasion.

Addressing the audience, the speakers praised the film and said that it deserved an Oscar. Justice (r) Nasira Iqbal said that the movie increased the will to fight social problems.

She said that women played a vital role in the Pakistan Movement, and their presence made the movement peaceful.

While quoting India and China, she explained that there were 60 million missing girls in the two countries.

Nasira further added that the federal government had worked for women’s protection and made a bill, but the provincial governments had been more responsible about women’s rights after the 18th Amendment shifted the responsibilities to the provinces.

She urged the Punjab government to do more on women’s protection.

While pointing out voting rights, she urged women to fully participate in the upcoming election and informed that the Election Commission of Pakistan now had decided to count women’s vote separately, which would identify the number of women voters in Pakistan.

Courtesy: Daily Times Pakistan


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